Surrey worst in UK for drivers ignoring road signs – and in top five areas of speeding

Surrey is the UK’s worst hotspot for drivers ignoring road signs with almost twice as many offenses as any other area, according to new research. The county also ranked in the top five for the highest speeding rate and in the top 10 for parking violations and vehicles driven without an MOT.

The investigation, conducted by the auto insurance company GoShorty, analyzed data from a series of freedom of information requests and government sources spanning 2020-21. It revealed that Surrey had almost 5,000 ‘traffic direction neglect’ offenses in a year, a rate of 416 offenses per 100,000 population.

This placed it far ahead of the next worst domain in the same category. South Yorkshire had a rate of 266 offenses per 100,000 population and was one of only three areas that had even half the rate of Surrey.

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Surrey was also in the worst parts of the country for speeding, with more than 76,000 offenses in a year, making it the fifth highest rate in the UK. There was approximately one speeding violation for every 16 people living in the county during the 12-month period analyzed.

Speeding has proven to be by far the most common type of traffic violation across the country, with nearly 1.9 million such violations recorded nationwide over the past of a year. Lincolnshire had the highest rate, while Norfolk, North Yorkshire and Northamptonshire also ranked higher than Surrey.

Surrey also came in 8th in the country for “vehicle test offences”, which primarily refers to vehicles driven without a valid MOT, and 7th for “obstruction, waiting and parking offences”.

On the plus side, there were many categories where the county did not rank in the top 10 at all, including vehicle theft, reckless driving and cell phone driver violations.

Police say not all crimes are committed by Surrey drivers

Reacting to the findings, a Surrey Police spokesperson said: “There are a few factors which could affect these figures, including Surrey having one of the largest strategic road networks in the country. We have a significant number of drivers traveling across the county and recorded crimes will not affect all Surrey residents.

“Surrey also has the largest Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) weighbridge in the South East at Junction 9 on the M25, which sees the DVSA targeting professional drivers across the country as well as the “Our commercial vehicle policing unit sees more application in this area of ​​the M25 as well and we have more CCTV on the strategic road network than in any other policing area.”

The spokesperson also pointed out that the force participates in regular road safety campaigns, including the Surrey Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP), which it works on alongside Surrey County Council, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, local councils and Highways England.

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